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Ambassador Deike Potzel

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28.08.2019, Berlin: Deike Potzel, Botschafterin in Dublin. Foto: Kay Nietfeld/dpa | Verwendung weltweit© dpa

Welcome, céad míle fáilte, herzlich willkommen!

This Embassy’s team and I are grateful for your interest in our work and in German-Irish relations.

We are delighted that these relations are close, friendly and vibrant. More than 800,000 Germans visited this beautiful island in 2018; some 500,000 Irish visited Germany in that same year.

300 German companies employ 20,000 people in Ireland; the German-Irish Chamber of Commerce has been promoting bilateral economic relations since 1980. The German School St. Kilian’s Deutsche Schule Dublin, two PASCH schools, eight DAAD lecturers, Goethe Institute and more than 1,000 German teachers support people Ireland in learning German as a foreign language. We are very happy to be Ireland's most important partner in the Horizon 2020 programme. Goethe Institute opened its impressive new premises in Merrion Square/Dublin in 2018, including a wonderful library. A must see! Other players, such as the Centre for German-Irish Studies in Limerick, the Achill Heinrich Böll Association and a number of town twinnings are actively involved in deepening our relations every day. A very sincere Thank You to everyone active and involved in strengthening our bonds!

Heinrich Böll’s “Irish Journal” is a classic; his love for Ireland is famous all over the world. But did you know that the world première of Handel’s “Messiah” took place in Dublin? Have you heard that German children were fostered by Irish families after the Second World War? And are you aware that Ireland supported German reunification unconditionally and helped to boost support for it among our European partners?

This is the foundation for further developing our relationship. The Joint Action Plan signed in November 2018 by Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and his Irish colleague Minister Simon Coveney is yet another important basis for our work. It will be updated in 2021 to include further new fields of cooperation. Before the pandemic, in 2019, we were able to enjoy numerous high-ranking visits (such as Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel in April 2019, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, parliamentary groups from the Bundestag and parliaments of various federal states), and we were particularly enthused about the successful three-day state visit by H.E. the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, which took him to Berlin, Leipzig and Würzburg in July. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, the return visit by Federal President Steinmeier scheduled for 2020  had to be postponed. But as we say in German: postponed does not mean cancelled!

Our cooperation is also bearing fruit during the Covid-19 crisis: we organized repatriation flights for stranded tourists from all over the world, Irish Covid-19 tests were processed in German laboratories, German companies are producing important medical goods in Ireland to help overcome the crisis. And we have continued to build cultural bridges even during these difficult times: The successful streaming concert between Haldern Pop and Other Voices in summer 2020 brought German and Irish artists and their music together in a wonderful way. And due to the fantastic financial support made possible by the German Federal Parliament, Bundestag, Heinrich Böll’s Cottage on Achill Island underwent an impressive make-over and will hopefully soon open its doors for artist residences again.

In previous years - before the pandemic - I was able to experience the density of our relations on numerous trips around this beautiful country. I miss that these days. But allow me to thank all those who have been and are continuing to be involved in all things Irish-German. A special thanks goes out to all those friends engaged in the lively town twinning arrangements all over Ireland.

Dear readers, I very much appreciate the dialog with you and look forward to further discussing with you how we can further deepen mutual German-Irish understanding and expand our relations. Do not hesitate to reach out to us!

But first of all, enjoy exploring our website. You will find answers to your questions regarding passport and visa issues as well as the work of the embassy and much more. Have we sparked your interest in Germany, its culture, economy and politics? Are you perhaps toying with the idea of studying or working in Germany? On our website you will find a whole range of ideas and links that can help you with a lot of questions.

Would you like to find out more about us and receive regular updates on our work and invitations to our events? If so, please follow us on Facebook or Instagram and subscribe to our newsletter!

Best wishes, keep well and stay safe,

Deike Potzel

Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Ireland

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